Google Sketchup - Come Along for the Ride #10: Rotating ---- not sure I've got this right but here goes

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 07-24-2008 02:06 AM 3635 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I should be able to finish up the table project tonight. Still going slow and methodically. To everyone who has commented and added tips—- THANKS. I really appreciate it and hope you continue to add to my blog. This is all about learning after all.

So we left off here.


Now we have to back up just a bit. If you remember from the last section I had used the orbit tool to turn the table upright. Well come to find out there’s a better way (thanks Brad!).

We started with the table upside down to add the legs. Like this—


Instead of using the orbit tool to upright the table—use the “rotate” tool. This is the 12th tool from the left and looks like two arrows chasing each other. When you click/select this tool when you move your cursor back over the work space – it should turn into a circular protractor. Pretty slick stuff!

The Rotate tool is just too much fun to be allowed actually. First the academics—- to flip the whole table you have to “select” the whole table. I’m pretty certain I’m missing something here. But let’s just use the select tool to select the entire table – move the select tool over the table and left click three times, this should turn the entire table blue outlined.

Next just for giggles move your cursor around the table—notice how it changes color? What ever color the tool is means that your actions will take place in that axis.

Yet for more giggles try this little exercise. Move the cursor over the lower right corner until you see the green end point inference dot and the protractor turns blue. Left click and release—- then move your mouse around—- and watch the table swing around and around——- I know it does not take a lot to entertain me.

OK – back to the serious stuff—- hit the escape button to release the protractor (and for good measure go to edit and undo any rotating you might have done).

This is how I used the rotate tool – but I’m not sure I’m doing it correctly – but it seemed to work. I moved the tool to the left side of my table and let it turn to red – for the red axis then moved it so that the red/edge inference dot showed up and then double clicked. Then in the VCB I typed 180 degrees and hit enter. This flipped the table to its upright position.

So I think that’s a way to rotate. But I really think I’m not grasping the rotate tool just yet. I’m going to have to work on that a bit more – OK a lot more.

Any help would be appreciated.

With all that said—- to do the rails on the table as I did them originally—in slow baby steps without anything fancy—- you need to flip the table back onto it’s top. So you can practice with the rotate tool or can go to edit – undo rotate.

I’ll do another section on this later tonight—maybe tomorrow – my neck is really bothering me so I need to take a break.

if someone can shed some more light on the rotate tool and how to use it correctly – I’d (and I’m sure someone besides me) would appreciate it. Jump on in!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 02:15 AM


The “slow baby steps” are making this enjoyable and easy to follow.



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